Thanks to Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, I have learned about a year-long challenge that starts on January 1st. This is the second year for the New Adult Reading Challenge, brought to the wonderful world of reading by Danya at A Tapestry of Words; Victoria from Confessions of a Twenty Something Fiction Writer; Tara from Tater’s Tall Tails; and Barbara from Basia’s Bookshelf.
Here is a little about the challenge and the levels you can reach by the number of books you read directly from A Tapestry of Words:
For those of you who are new to New Adult, it’s fiction dealing with college-aged characters and the issues they’re facing. A lot of New Adult happens to be contemporary, but this is NOT a requirement — other genres like fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi can also be New Adult! Here are the challenge levels for next year:
- Just Graduated: read a minimum of 5 New Adult books
- Moving Out: read a minimum of 10 New Adult books
- Living On Your Own: read a minimum of 20 New Adult books
- Fully Independent: read a minimum of 30 New Adult books
If you’re wondering whether or not a book counts as New Adult, take a look at the age of the protagonist(s). Are they older than 18 but younger than 30? If so, you’re good to go. If they’re 18 but have graduated high school, or graduate sometime during the story, then it also probably qualifies. But if most of it is set in high school, I’d say that’s YA. Ultimately, feel free to use your own judgment to decide!
You don’t have to have a blog to participate, but you must post your reviews somewhere accessible online (eg. Goodreads).
If you have any book suggestion, let me know! I am really looking forward to this challenge.